President Barack Obama's response to political unrest in the Middle East has been to state support for representative governments, but to limit the US involvement. The ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has challenged Obama's approach.
As Arab Spring democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, President Barack Obama's response to the political unrest has been to voice support for people seeking representative governments but limit the role the United States will play to shape those efforts.
The president's philosophy of limited engagement is facing perhaps its toughest test in Egypt, where the nation's first democratically elected president was ousted by military forces with deep, decades-long ties to the US.
The White House has refused to declare Mohammed Morsi's removal from power a coup — a step that would require Obama to suspend $1.3 billion in annual aid — even after the military-backed interim government led crackdowns last week that left more than 600 people dead and thousands more injured.
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